For 1,514 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Tobias' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Lowest review score: 0 Bruce Almighty
Score distribution:
1,514 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Reserving the only trace of editorializing for the end credits, which list some sobering numbers on the occupation and this so-called successful election, Poitras mainly allows her subjects and the circumstances to speak for themselves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Random silliness rules the day, but the gags are frequently surprising.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Shot with such grit that the lenses seem coated with grease, Fratricide offers a myopic impression of an unnamed German city, and that's probably the point, since so much of its territory and opportunities are sealed off from these immigrant characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Sure, the unlikely ascendance of 30-year-old Vince Papale from working-class suds-pumper to Philadelphia Eagles benchwarmer is a victory for the little guy, but it's still more of a personal victory, and that's what makes it touching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The documentary dashes any lingering hope that Pixies would ever record a new album, even though it makes no definitive statement to that effect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Decades removed from his dreamy Kelly in the "Bad News Bears" movies, Haley pulls off the remarkable feat of bringing childlike vulnerability to his character while still suggesting ungodly menace.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    When victims and their families talk about having their lives wrecked by a sexually abusive priest in the forceful documentary Deliver Us From Evil, that destruction is as much spiritual as psychological.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Though its heroine's mysterious seizures and blackouts are terrifying in the way they undermine her quest for self-determination, Requiem isn't a horror movie so much as a thwarted coming-of-age story, like "Carrie" without the bloody reckoning.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Many of its fiercest detractors may be surprised to find that it's a far more sobering piece of speculative fiction than they might have imagined.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Amid all this metafictional hoopla lies the real heart of the movie, a tentative romance between Ferrell and a tax-withholding baker played with adorable prickliness by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    After being strapped down by a run of elegant, high-class literary adaptations--"The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and "Cold Mountain"--writer-director Anthony Minghella liberates himself in Breaking And Entering, his first wholly original screenplay since his piercing, minor-key debut feature "Truly, Madly, Deeply."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The main problem with Breach is that the story is told through O'Neill, who's far less compelling, in part because Phillippe doesn't have the chops to draw out his own set of contradictions. By committing himself to O'Neill's perspective, Ray misses the opportunity to uncover more information about Hanssen's relationship with his wife and church, his aberrant sexuality, and his mysterious connection to the Russians.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The Abandoned is a rare horror film that moves from the real world into a kind of psychic space, and slowly suffocates its characters inside their own heads.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Some of the jokes are about skating, others are about whatever random thing happened to pop into Ferrell's head with the cameras rolling, and just about all of it is funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Not since Lecter has a role been this well suited to Hopkins, whose intelligence and pristine formality as an actor often make him seem alien--or worse, an incorrigible ham.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    There's a reason the underdog sports formula is followed over and over: When it's executed as skillfully as it is here, the damned thing works every time.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's also, in its sick, sick way, a real crowd-pleaser.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Jolie simply exercises Mariane's persistent will, and honors her in the process.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The problem with Sicko--one endemic to Moore documentaries in general--is that it never confronts any challenges to its position, which can make it seem like the crudest sort of agitprop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Though the film is too slick and heavy-handed in its pro-integration sloganeering, and it's burdened by Travolta's ill-conceived star turn, its infectious high spirits and catchy tunes still pack one hell of a sugar rush.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    A Molière this good deserves a more substantive portrait, but this one will do for now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    These images and reports have stirred consciences without quite stirring decisive action, and an earnest indie doc like this one seems like another cry in the wilderness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Rocket Science doesn't go too far into Todd Solondz-style mockery, either; though painful to witness at times, Thompson's determination to face his fears--not just of speaking, but of girls, too--is heartbreakingly noble and courageous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    The film belongs to Linney, whose caustic putdowns and status-seeking veneer barely hides her genuine hurt over her husband's philandering and her distant relationship to her own child. No doubt her diaries would be more compelling than the nanny's.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    With Douglas, the film's shambling charms slowly catch hold, thanks mainly to his personal magnetism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Whatever the case, We Own The Night plays like a masterpiece because it skillfully appropriates actual masterpieces, not because it earns the label on its own merits.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris--a gifted, likeable comedian who tends to be the best element of many terrible movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Intimate, moving documentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Tobias
    Put simply, the film excels most at not being awful.